Friday, January 11, 2013

Five For Fridays Linky Party

This is my 1st Five for Fridays link up with Doodle Bugs (First Grade Rocks).  It looked like a perfect link up because I had a VERY busy week!  Here goes:

1)  I purchased and used Letter School with the 1st and 2nd grade kiddos that I tutor on Monday mornings.  Being a college teacher, I don't have as much interaction with the little ones as I would like.  Soooooo I decided to volunteer in a kindergarten and 1st grade classroom on Monday mornings. 
I work for about 3 hours tutoring reading skill development with individual children.  I have a blast... we work with words in shaving cream, in a sand tray, with clay, with water colors, with magnets... all in all I have 18 different "activity hooks" for engaging the struggling learner.  I just picked up number 19... Letter School.  It's a fabulous app for the ipad.  If you haven't use it yet- do check it out.  It's well worth your time.   You can click on the picture and go directly to the site. 
2)  I made the most fabulous coffee cake for an orientation meeting for work. Click here for the link to the recipe... just don't look at the calorie count!

3)  Made the cutest little Valentine bird that k-3rd graders can make and hang throughout the classroom.  Check back on Monday- I'll be sharing the pattern as a freebie on my Monday post.  It's super easy.  I would love to see these hanging all over the classroom in different colors.

4)  Made my first set of clip art for the Groundhog Day unit I'm working on.  It was a really fun project.  Made about seven different images to use in my unit. 

5.  I had the opportunity to go on a hike in Sabino Canyon... one of Tucson's gems.  How lucky am I?
As you can see, I had a FABULOUS and very busy week.

Granny (Cindy)


  1. That coffee cake looks great, Cindy! And look at you creating clip art! So awesome! I love that little guy!

    Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
    Mrs. Wheeler TpT

    1. I am so delighted to get some positive feedback about my first attempt to create clip art. After more practice, I know that I'll look back and realize how primitive it is, but for now- I happy with it :). Thanks for the feedback.

  2. I loved your Five for Friday! Thanks for sharing. The coffee cake looks amazing.

    1. The coffee cake is super easy. It just takes minutes to put together. Yummy and easy... what more can you ask for?

  3. Wow, I'm tired just reading about your week, I can tell numerous hours were invested here!! Have a restful weekend!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  4. That coffee cakes looks yummmmmy! I want some for breakfast! Sabino Canyon looks like a great place to explore.

    Thanks for sharing your fun week with us!

    Primarily Speaking

    1. I am so lucky. Sabino Canyon is about 2 miles away from my home. I get to hike it at least two times a week.

  5. Your clip art looks so cute!

  6. Thanks- I really had fun creating it.

  7. The groundhog is adorable. I am going to check out the app, it sounds perfect. Do you have any other ones that you recommend.

    The First Grade Princess

  8. You're a busy lady, what a great week, so jealous of your walk through the canyon. There is so much snow where I live right now. I'm making your coffee cake tomorrow, thanks for the recipe, it looks amazing and so does your groundhog:)

  9. Thanks for your kind words! They are really appreciated.

  10. The canyon walk looks fabulous!
    I love the little Valentine bird, too.
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  11. I hope you make it back on Monday when I am offering the "pattern" as a freebie.

  12. Love the Groundhog Cindy! My daughter wants to make some clip art for me to use. What program do you use? Blueberry recipe looks yummy. My Daddy grows his own blueberries here in the foothills of North Carolina.
    All the best,

    I Dream of First Grade

  13. I am using Photo Shop but finding it to be a challenging program. If your daughter comes up with something easier, please let me know.